We conduct a weekly Medical Clinic in our rear parking lot on Monday of each week from 9:00 am to 1 pm. Attendance at each offering has been quite robust.
The Dental Clinic is also held every Monday, 9:00 am to 1 pm, by the warehouse in the rear parking lot.
In 2016, over 150 dental patients were served.
La Clinica - Every Monday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
On December 3, 2010, La Clinica conducted its first free monthly clinic at St. Vincent de Paul. The purpose of these clinics is to improve the health of the homeless by providing quality medical and mental health services and referrals. The central focus of the service is to provide a compassionate, confidential and safe environment. The clinic is the outcome of research done by student nurses from OHSU last year at SVDP.
It was obvious in reviewing these results that there is a significant need for health care support for the homeless in our valley along with a need for the tools and knowledge that the homeless would find it difficult to otherwise acquire. It was also determined that significant barriers stood in the way of receiving this kind of care; financial limitations, transportation challenges and distrust of providers being the most central. In addition, it was clear that the largest local audience with these needs could be found at SVDP, where a level of trust had been established with this audience, trust that would facilitate providing these services.
The services that are being offered include blood pressure screening, vision screening, diabetic screening, drug and alcohol screening and referrals, to include referrals for more intensive care at the La Clinica facility. No appointments are necessary and visitors are served on a first come-first serve basis. Staff available include RNs, a mental health counselor, interns, intake volunteers and benefit specialists.
Use of the initial clinic was lighter than expected because it will take a while for word to get out. Initially informational posters were placed around our facility and now word is being sent to the other shelter managers in our area. Both adults and children attended the first clinic and a variety of medical problems were seen. Clinics are conducted in our rear parking lot. La Clinica also hopes to provide tetanus, pneumonia and, possibly, influenza vaccinations in the future.
David Dismuke, Community Outreach Coordinator for La Clinica commented, “I was impressed by how much time and effort the OHSU student nurses and the SVDP staff put into planning the first clinic. It was incredible to see the melding of the minds and resources, and it was greatly appreciated at La Clinica.”